Xavi Hernandez arrived at Al Sadd back in May 2015, and has stayed there for over six years already, having renewed his contract at the club in 2019.
His current deal runs until 2022, after the Qatar World Cup, so any talks to take him to Barcelona will require negotiating with his current club.
The former midfielder will meet with his current bosses this Thursday to get an understanding of the situation, and to learn if he will be given the chance to join Barcelona as Ronald Koeman’s replacement.
Al Sadd can’t complain about the service Xavi has given them. He won four trophies as a player and has won seven as coach so far, and he has just beaten the club’s record of consecutive unbeaten games this week (34).
Xavi’s proposed exit also has an effect on his family. Nuria, his wife, and the rest are happy in Doha and their children have grown up there, so any move will come at a personal cost.
The Catalan is hopeful that Al Sadd won’t give him any trouble. He hopes that their good relationship will help the club to understand his desire to take the job at Barcelona.